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Pazzles Inspiration Vue Review

The Pazzles Inspiration Vue is a powerful die-cutting machine that can help you create vinyl wall art, scrapbook pages, rubber stamps, fabric shapes for home decor and more.

Our Verdict

For the novice crafter in need of ideas and sources, Pazzles' online presence provides tidbits of inspiration, while the Vue handles most of the projects you can think of yourself.

For

  • Monthly payments for this die cutter give you access to an active online crafting community.

Against

  • While there's plenty of information on the website, we never heard from customer support when we contacted them.
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The Pazzles Inspiration Vue die-cutting machine can help you create layered flowers from delicate material.

The Pazzles Inspiration Vue die-cutting machine can help you create layered flowers from delicate material.
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You can create vinyl embellishments that stick to most smooth surfaces with the Pazzles Inspiration Vue.

You can create vinyl embellishments that stick to most smooth surfaces with the Pazzles Inspiration Vue.
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Using the Inspiration Vue, you can personalize scrapbooks and albums with premade or unique designs

Using the Inspiration Vue, you can personalize scrapbooks and albums with premade or unique designs
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The Pazzles Inspiration Vue die-cutting machine can help you create gift box embellishments.

The Pazzles Inspiration Vue die-cutting machine can help you create gift box embellishments.
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You can create 3D designs like this piano greeting card with the Pazzles Inspiration Vue.

You can create 3D designs like this piano greeting card with the Pazzles Inspiration Vue.
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The Inspiration Vue die-cutting machine can help you decorate cards and other stationery.

The Inspiration Vue die-cutting machine can help you decorate cards and other stationery.
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Cutting designs out of heat-transfer vinyl allows you to make embellishments for clothing when you use the Pazzles Inspiration Vue.

Cutting designs out of heat-transfer vinyl allows you to make embellishments for clothing when you use the Pazzles Inspiration Vue.
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The Inspiration Vue die-cutting machine allows you to create unique detailed decorations for your scrapbooks.

The Inspiration Vue die-cutting machine allows you to create unique detailed decorations for your scrapbooks.
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Armed with this Pazzles die-cutting machine, you can create 3D scrapbook pages in its software.

Armed with this Pazzles die-cutting machine, you can create 3D scrapbook pages in its software.
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The Vue comes with one cutting blade, a 12 x 12 mat and InVue software.

The Vue comes with one cutting blade, a 12 x 12 mat and InVue software.
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You can skip the store and make your own valentines instead with the Pazzles Inspiration Vue die cutter.

You can skip the store and make your own valentines instead with the Pazzles Inspiration Vue die cutter.
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The Pazzles Inspiration Vue cuts cardstock and other materials precisely to make fun crafts like these Halloween monsters.

The Pazzles Inspiration Vue cuts cardstock and other materials precisely to make fun crafts like these Halloween monsters.
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The die cutter can handle thick cardstock for making sturdy crafts and gift boxes.

The die cutter can handle thick cardstock for making sturdy crafts and gift boxes.
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The Pazzles forums give you access to other crafters and loads of inspirations for your next project.

The Pazzles forums give you access to other crafters and loads of inspirations for your next project.
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With the Inspiration Vue, two clips on both sides of the cutting bed keep materials in position as they feed through the machine.

With the Inspiration Vue, two clips on both sides of the cutting bed keep materials in position as they feed through the machine.
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A pullout tray also stabilizes the material as you cut using the Pazzles Inspiration Vue.

A pullout tray also stabilizes the material as you cut using the Pazzles Inspiration Vue.
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The Inspiration Vue provides unique cutting mat features and built-in registration marks for the print and cut function.

The Inspiration Vue provides unique cutting mat features and built-in registration marks for the print and cut function.
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With the pastry mat and cutting tool, you can cut fondant for cakes with the Vue.
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Engraving and embossing tools included in the Pazzles Inspiration Vue make it possible to work with metals.

Engraving and embossing tools included in the Pazzles Inspiration Vue make it possible to work with metals.

The Pazzles Inspiration Vue is a powerful die-cutting machine that can help you create vinyl wall art, scrapbook pages, rubber stamps, fabric shapes for home decor and more. This versatile machine impressed us with its ability to cut, engrave, emboss, pierce and otherwise embellish a variety of crafting materials.

With the Vue you can design and cut completely cartridge-free. You will be able to import images from anywhere and transform them into cuttable designs. The machine also has print-and-cut capabilities, which means you can have your printer ink your design first, and then have your cutter cut it out precisely.

Four wheels help keep your material sturdy as it passes through the machine, and two clips on either side of the cutting bed keep everything aligned. Something that is different when comparing this unit to the Vue's predecessor, the Inspiration, is a pullout tray in the cutting bed that further helps keep all of the materials aligned on the mat.

One of the most unique things about this die cut machine is its pricing structure. You can buy it in one payment or monthly payments. Though it costs more, monthly payments act as a subscription to Pazzles' online community. This might be worth it if you value the social aspect of this hobby and prefer to spread out the cost of the machine. My Craft Room is a subscription-based site that gives you access to the Pazzles community, crafting classes, tutorials and cutting templates. When you buy a Pazzles Inspiration Vue you do not just get a new die-cutting machine – you join a crafting family. There is even a Pazzles crafting cruise.

There is no handle, but the Vue is lightweight, especially considering how heavy-duty it is. Packing 1,000 grams of cutting force into something that weighs less than 12 pounds is impressive. There is also a spot for your tools in the machine.

Pazzles includes InVue and Inspiration Studio 2014, software designed for Pazzles die cutters. While this software application is useful, Make The Cut or Sure Cuts A Lot users may not want to learn new software. If this is the case, the Inspiration Vue may not be the right match for you. The software unlocks the many capabilities of the Vue – kiss cutting, cut by color, tracing, mirroring and more – but you first have to learn how to find them in a new environment.

The best die-cutting machines are more than just paper die cutters, they should be able to handle heavy materials, and the Inspiration Vue is no exception. This machine can handle heavy materials like chipboard and sheet magnet, thanks to 1,000 grams of force, but in our tests, it still had to fight through tough leather. You can also create lovely paper crafts and vinyl projects.

Crafting is fun when you can eat your projects. In addition to paper and standard materials, the Vue can even cut cookie dough, candy fondant, fruit leather and pie dough. That's a great bonus, because you won't have to buy a separate machine for food decoration. However, we recommend that you buy a food-safe cutting mat and a few other tools to outfit the machine for pastry projects.

The customer support Pazzles offers is decent overall. The website is organized and has easy-to-find tutorials and other help. A chat option gives you easy access to Pazzles professionals who can answer questions. You don't even have to pick up a phone. Forums and album pages offer a ton of inspiration so you never run out of die-cutting project ideas. As part of our testing, we emailed the company but never heard back from representatives though.

You may not be accustomed to Pazzles' software, but luckily, it is an easy program to use. With up to 1,000 grams of force, this unit can cut and emboss most material. You'll still have to be patient when cutting through tough materials like leather. While it is pricy, you can get this die-cutting machine for monthly payments and access to Pazzles' online community. At the end of your commitment, you will own a powerful, cartridge-free cutting machine.